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  • Summary: The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter's sophomore effort comes a full three years after her debut, 'Whoa, Nelly!'
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    Folklore is about the joy of making something new out of random elements, and few other albums this year have captured that pleasure as well as this one does. [28 Nov 2003, p.123]
  2. Spin
    75
    While the vocals and arrangements are more ambitious and arguably better, there's less free play, less of the goofiness and kewpie-dancehall scatting that defined her. [Jan 2004, p.98]
  3. A euphoric mix of wild Latin rhythms, electronic surges, soothing acoustic sounds and just about every instrument imaginable.
  4. While there are some interesting musical moments on Folklore -- enough to make it worth a listen -- the dogged seriousness and didactic worldview become a bit overbearing not long before the album is a quarter of the way finished, particularly since the fusion of worldbeat and adult alternative pop often seems heavy-handed.
  5. Mojo
    60
    Her melodies are stirring but the headstrong album only works to a limited degree. [Dec 2003, p.122]
  6. Blender
    40
    There's clearly imagination here, with strange little sonic tweaks and tics at every turn, but only once does it gel into something satisfying. [Dec 2003, p.141]
  7. There's nothing on 'Folklore' that comes anywhere near the catchiness of anything off her debut.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 33
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 33
  3. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. Aug 29, 2020
    10
    Probably Nelly Furtado's best record to date, musically and lirically. Personal and intimate, yet full of energy and love for life.
  2. TyeN.
    Jun 16, 2006
    10
    This album is one of my favorites of all time. This is a huge thing for me to say, but let me tell you that it takes a keen listener and more This album is one of my favorites of all time. This is a huge thing for me to say, but let me tell you that it takes a keen listener and more than a few listens all the way through before you really start digging into it's many layers. Nelly Furtado is one of the few artists that I look forward too, and this album is why. Her vocals, delivery, writing...this is tops. It's moodier, darker, more serious..(although there a few fun moments here and there); basically, her heart and soul is in this album and you can feel it. My favorite tracks are "Explode", "Picture Perfect", "Try", "Fresh Off The Boat", "Build You Up", "Saturdays", and "Childhood Dreams". Seriously, do me a favor and give it a chance. You may hate it the first time through, but the best kind of love (or anything for that matter) is the kind you have to work for. Expand
  3. MarcoG
    Dec 27, 2003
    10
    Wonderful mixture of different styles of music. The final song of this album is truly a gem.
  4. ZsoltB
    Mar 31, 2007
    10
    So beautiful and meaningful.... I love its songs, especially the track Explode!!!
  5. ParkerW
    Mar 20, 2004
    9
    I love this album, its different, Nelly deserves credit for not making a carbon copy of her debut.
  6. SaraM.l
    Aug 17, 2007
    9
    I must say that I wholeheartedly disagree with the above reviews. This album is an innovative yet natural progression of Furtado's style I must say that I wholeheartedly disagree with the above reviews. This album is an innovative yet natural progression of Furtado's style and skill as an artist, vocalist, and producer. I was amazed with the genuine emotion of the vocals and ingenuity of the arrangements. It's an album that I can listen to endlessly (as with the first) and still get a new feeling or perspective, like a good book you keep re-reading. The raw energy and life of this music is excitingly contagious and uplifting. Expand
  7. MK
    Dec 15, 2003
    0
    Die, unholy beast!!!!

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